These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Louisville For 2018


We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in Louisville that are the real pits.

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Louisville’s neighborhoods conjure up too many stereotypes to count. You’ve got hipster areas, preppy places, neighborhoods where college kids thrive, and of course, ghettos.

It seems as if there’s a neighborhood for everyone in Louisville.

And while the city consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in the country thanks in part to a strong economy and tons of entertainment, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine in Louisville. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.

So the question arises, which Louisville neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?

Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Louisville hoods need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Louisville area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although Highlands Douglas ranks way above the rest.

We examined 67 of Louisville’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These places don’t quite measure up to Louisville’s reputation.

Here are the 10 worst neighborhoods in Louisville according to data:

  1. Park Hill
  2. California
  3. Russell
  4. Portland
  5. Smoketown Jackson
  6. Parkland
  7. Algonquin
  8. Jacobs
  9. Soutland Park
  10. Chickasaw

Read on to see how we determined the places around Louisville that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don’t blame the messenger.

Once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from worst to best.

Looking for places to avoid outside of the city? You can also check out the worst suburbs of Louisville.

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How we determined the worst Louisville hoods

To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what places have the least amount of those things. We threw the following criteria into this analysis in order to get the best, most complete results possible. We used this set of criteria for each neighborhood in Louisville:

  • High unemployment (Less jobs)
  • Low median income (Less pay)
  • Low population density (No things to do)
  • Low home values (No one’s willing to pay to live here)
  • High crime (Estimated)

Then, we ranked each neighborhood in Louisville for each of these criteria from worst to best.

Next, we averaged the individual rankings for each criteria into a ‘Worst Score’.

The neighborhood with the lowest ‘Worst Score’ ranks as the worst neighborhood of Louisville.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Louisville to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 67 neighborhoods ranked from worst to best.

This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased. Hold on to your pants.

1. Park Hill

Population: 3,322
Median Income: $23,213
Median Home Value: $55,425

2. California

Population: 4,589
Median Income: $20,324
Median Home Value: $53,012

3. Russell

Population: 8,691
Median Income: $17,320
Median Home Value: $45,436

4. Portland

Population: 9,766
Median Income: $20,959
Median Home Value: $43,371

5. Smoketown Jackson

Population: 1,801
Median Income: $18,048
Median Home Value: $65,800

6. Parkland

Population: 5,026
Median Income: $23,153
Median Home Value: $65,544

7. Algonquin

Population: 6,661
Median Income: $25,211
Median Home Value: $57,391

8. Jacobs

Population: 5,821
Median Income: $22,459
Median Home Value: $51,580

9. Soutland Park

Population: 867
Median Income: $29,302
Median Home Value: $93,500

10. Chickasaw

Population: 4,563
Median Income: $25,217
Median Home Value: $73,362

The ‘hoods around Louisville that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Louisville with Park Hill landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Louisville aren’t all bad. Highlands Douglas takes the cake as the best place to live in Louisville.

We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Worst Louisville Neighborhoods

Rank Neighborhood Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Park Hill 3,322 $23,213 $55,425
2 California 4,589 $20,324 $53,012
3 Russell 8,691 $17,320 $45,436
4 Portland 9,766 $20,959 $43,371
5 Smoketown Jackson 1,801 $18,048 $65,800
6 Parkland 5,026 $23,153 $65,544
7 Algonquin 6,661 $25,211 $57,391
8 Jacobs 5,821 $22,459 $51,580
9 Soutland Park 867 $29,302 $93,500
10 Chickasaw 4,563 $25,217 $73,362
11 Park Duvalle 3,866 $25,717 $86,200
12 Phoenix Hill 3,898 $25,931 $64,940
13 Hallmark 571 $23,521 $89,400
14 Shawnee 10,942 $30,990 $64,433
15 Limerick 1,253 $23,649 $105,000
16 Hazelwood 1,693 $32,606 $68,700
17 Wyandotte 3,655 $28,734 $70,950
18 South Louisville 4,713 $30,905 $73,917
19 Taylor Berry 6,396 $30,688 $71,225
20 Shelby Park 3,054 $23,159 $72,733
21 Camp Taylor 1,559 $31,076 $98,950
22 Prestonia 1,307 $42,536 $100,350
23 University 2,454 $26,609 $126,020
24 Saint Joseph 3,004 $34,656 $104,960
25 Edgewood 1,501 $33,500 $93,175
26 Highland Park 76 $36,103 $128,300
27 Fairgrounds 458 $36,103 $128,300
28 Kenwood Hill 2,063 $39,355 $109,675
29 Southside 6,008 $36,565 $84,150
30 Iroquios Park 1,319 $44,159 $129,350
31 Wilder Park 2,527 $26,953 $99,133
32 Butchertown 900 $39,710 $130,700
33 Irish Hill 1,304 $39,365 $123,000
34 Iroquois 4,823 $37,705 $86,340
35 Merriwether 1,582 $48,928 $95,700
36 Beechmont 7,752 $38,394 $106,256
37 Bashford Manor 4,700 $28,765 $88,140
38 Old Louisville 9,649 $23,856 $174,169
39 Paristowne Point 337 $36,646 $124,800
40 Central Business District 2,555 $19,234 $268,100
41 Poplar Level 1,674 $66,389 $171,400
42 Bon Air 6,144 $40,180 $134,444
43 Clifton 2,684 $41,247 $142,450
44 Schnitzelburg 4,106 $43,979 $119,850
45 Cloverleaf 3,605 $54,325 $125,300
46 Clifton Heights 4,886 $32,730 $110,533
47 Klondike 4,639 $48,336 $134,544
48 Audubon 6,200 $48,176 $142,000
49 Hikes Point 3,623 $60,412 $173,150
50 Hawthorne 1,989 $65,439 $177,175
51 Avondale Melbourne Heights 2,195 $62,136 $157,900
52 Bowman 2,022 $69,167 $228,217
53 Brownsboro Zorn 1,908 $64,148 $213,433
54 Crescent Hill 7,462 $58,529 $237,625
55 Germantown 3,796 $46,379 $178,300
56 Highlands 1,308 $55,060 $166,050
57 Tyler Park 2,480 $62,147 $268,350
58 Cherokee Seneca 1,491 $72,214 $314,500
59 Cherokee Gardens 859 $122,774 $519,550
60 Cherokee Triangle 3,946 $51,105 $270,580
61 Rock Creek Lexington Road 1,974 $76,864 $251,625
62 Hayfield Dundee 2,475 $67,450 $216,200
63 Gardiner Lane 998 $67,560 $191,400
64 Belknap 3,928 $71,044 $244,220
65 Deer Park 3,886 $70,345 $230,220
66 Bonnycastle 2,162 $66,873 $396,300
67 Highlands Douglas 2,998 $81,663 $339,820

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